A group under the aegis of Progressive Movement for Peace (PMP) on Sunday said aspirants who defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the adoption of Andy Uba as the party’s governorship candidate for the upcoming Anambra State Governorship election will not be missed by the party.
Emeka Nnebedum, National Coordinator of PMP, in a statement, said that the defecting aspirants, who are three in number, added no value to the party in the first place.
Nnebedum also described as fake news claims in some online medium that 12 aspirants that participated in the APC governorship primary for the forthcoming state governorship election have defected and were on the verge of joining other political parties.
The said defection reportedly occurred after series of marathon meetings in an effort to resolve disagreements between the party and aggrieved aspirants who could not make it, to the party primary election held on June 26, 2021.
But rebutting the report, the PMP said: “We, the members of PMP, wish to state clearly and unambiguously that only three aspirants of very little or no political consequence have made such decision.
“They are: Chidozie Nwankwo, Ben Etiaba and Geff Onyejegbu.
”Other aspirants have chosen to remain in the party as reconciliations are still being worked out.
“We may also add that these aspirants rather than being assets to the party are baggage and which a serious-minded party shouldn’t take into an election.
“For instance, Geff Onyejegbu has some unexplained questions in his career as a military officer after being discharged under controversial circumstances.”
It also added that the trio made the desperate dash out of the party because the deadline for the closure of the substitution window of names by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had passed.
“Their intention was never about service. It has always been about what they can get and the APC members saw through that,” PMP said.